If You Are Only Writing on Medium to Make Money: You Shouldn’t Be Here

Aymes Sarah
5 min readJun 29, 2020

Medium is not a get-rich-quick-scheme and our career is worth more than money

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Since the pandemic began, we have all noticed the influx of new writers who have joined our platform.

It’s awesome to see people taking the plunge and starting their writing career. After all, we have all been “newbies” on Medium at one time.

I’ve been on this platform since last year and I’m still learning new things every day, even after writing 100 articles on Medium, I am new to Medium.

I love seeing people digging their heels in, ready to engage, and network. I love seeing people writing great content and excelling.

What I don’t love is the small population of writers who think Medium is a “get-rich-quick-scheme”.

They are throwing tag bombs around, tagging many people in a post to increase readers (thanks to Kristi Keller for giving this “marketing strategy” a name and making me laugh yesterday). They are dropping links under more prominent writers' posts on Facebook groups.

Riding other people’s coat-tails is not the way to get noticed here.

Recently, I witnessed a new writer make a post on a private Facebook group and ask what people didn’t like about Medium, he never mentioned that he was going to use their answers for an article. He proceeded to write an article dissing our employer called “Why Medium Sucks”, quote the posts, and tag the people who answered his question in the article.

When he was confronted with this invasion of privacy, he refused to remove the other writers' quotes when they asked him to, stating he was giving them “free promotion” when he had less than 100 followers on Medium.

I couldn’t believe someone could be so entitled.

Money: The Root of Inappropriate Behavior on Medium

Why are people behaving like this? Money. As we all know, the “chingle-chingle“ can make people do crazy things. I have always been someone who worked hard for my money and Medium is no exception.

For many of us, Medium isn’t about the money. It empowers us, gives us an outlet, and allows us

Aymes Sarah

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊